Has anyone had any experience with cortisone shots to hold off on having their hip replaced? Pros and Cons please.
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I can comment as a PT that it is a very common treatment with relatively few cons other than it is not permanent and you can only get so many. The only con I can think of other than this is the potential for error during the procedure. The pros are it may relieve your pain for a while and buy you some time. Also when your hip pain is relieved you may find your back and other body parts feel better because you are not trying to compensate for the hip pain. Nowadays though a lot of hip replacements are done using an anterior approach. People recover a lot faster with this newer approach and don't have to worry about the traditional hip precautions of bending too far or crossing your legs, which can really limit you esp at first.
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Thank You Jay— I have had 1 hip replacement and it went so well – was walking w/o devices in 9 days. Have a conservative Dr. so he gave me this option for now. Am trying to decide if I want to wait maybe 6 mos. for the surgery. I appreciate your reply.
Hello Mary I'm I have had the cortisone shots in my hip plus soon afterwards, bone marrow aspirate injection, neither were effective. Everyone responds differently. Soon I am to have a Conformis Hip, after a year of waiting
@nursnis Hi. I have had cortisone shots in my knees prior to TKRs and also in my hips due to bursitis. They have generally helped a great deal. The hip ones did not work a couple of times because the doctor did not pinpoint the location for the shot as well as he should have, but overall I have been very happy with them.
Thank You JK – How painful are they? I have a high tolerance for pain, but so many say they are so painful.'
@nursnis Honestly, I really did not find them very painat all. There is always that little prick when they put the needle in but that’s a microsecond.
This topic reminded me this afternoon that my hip bursitis has been very painful recently so I called and made an appointment for cortisone. I have reached a point where I can’t sleep on either side, and I am a side-sleeper. It had seemed much better for a long time buts it’s back. :-(. I hope the doctor does it, not the PA. She hits the spot better than he does.
@contentandwell Nurses can give better shots then Dr,s we have more experience
@lioness. I know that’s generally true, but in this case the doctor, a woman, is definitely better than the physician assistant, a man. Maybe woman are better at it? Traditionally, nurses used to be women.
My orthopod has his PA do it – i fell confident with Jason.
I am trying to find out exactly how they are given – Found one on U Tube, but that was scary – Will call the office today and ask what the procedure is. I am a nurse so know a little bit about a lot – but don't know Ortho.
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